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Stuck Accelerator Takes Woman on Ride over 110 mph

A woman was filmed frantically swerving to avoid fellow drivers after her accelerator allegedly became stuck down on a US highway. Lori Ubelstad barrelled down the interstate highway in Missouri last Sunday at speeds of up to 190km/h, zigzagging through traffic, weaving through a construction zone and careening down the motorway’s grassy median strip just to avoid a catastrophic smash. Ms Ubelstad called 911 to explain her predicament and soon State Highway Patrol officers were dispatched to catch up with the runaway 2011 Kia Sorrento and clear other vehicles from its path. She said she tried everything to stop her car — slamming on the brakes, turning off the engine, applying the emergency brake, shifting out of drive — but none of it worked. The state troopers captured some of the high-adrenaline incident on their dashboard cameras. “Every [steering wheel] correction is more subtle when you are going over 100 mph [160km/h] and for her to drop down in a grass median filled with holes and come back up was amazing,” said Sgt. Sheldon Lyon of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, adding that she performed that stunt at least eight times. After a 35-minute ordeal covering 95km, Ms Ubelstad was able to stop her car by following the troopers’ directions to lift up the accelerator while applying the brake. “She put herself in life-and-death situations several times,” said Lyon. “I feel sorry for her, but she did an outstanding job of controlling that vehicle in difficult